By: Dakota Wainwright
Written December 16, 2017; Edited January 6, 2017
Every day there is an average of 5,240 suicide attempts in the United States; every 12.3 minutes someone commits suicide. Did you know that this means someone tries to commit suicide once every 40 seconds? On November 14, 2016, Micaela Brunson from Muscatine, Iowa not only attempted but succeeded in taking her life. The days and weeks following have been difficult on Micaela’s family, friends, and the community.
Inspired by Micaela’s story, Ms. Shepheard’s “Intro to Sociology” class has started a movement in order to bring awareness to suicide. In order to do this, her first, second, and third block classes worked together to create social media accounts, spread positive notes around the school, and raise money. The money they raise will be given to Brunson’s family to help with the cost of the funeral. They are doing it for two main reasons: to help the family out and to help raise awareness on suicide. To raise money, each class sold different candies with ribbons that students could wear around school. The ribbons and candy were sold for $0.50 and could be sent to friends with a positive message written on them.
Just recently, Ms. Shepheard’s Sociology class wrote positive notes and put them on everyone’s locker in the hallway. They did this because you never know who is having a bad day in school and they used it as a reminder that there are good things about yourself that you may not see.
Suicide affects thousands of people every year. If you suspect someone is thinking about committing suicide reach out and help them. If you are thinking of committing suicide talk to a trusted adult or friend. There is always someone to help, and remember you are never alone. If you need help please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.